Alex's second attempt to break out of Furnace Penetentiary has failed. This time his punishment will be much worse than before. Because in the hidden, bloodstained laboratories beneath the prison, he will be made into a monster. As the warden pumps something evil into his veins - a sinisterly dark nectar - Alex becomes what he most fears . . . a superhuman minion of Furnace. How can he escape when the darkness is inside him? How can he lead the way to freedom if he is lost to himself?
Published August 2nd 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
The Elliott Review:
This book had me dying to read it and waiting for it to come to me. I knew horrible, horrible things would happen to Alex in this book, but I still couldn't avoid it. As it turns out, the process of Alex being turned into a super-powered monster a la Frankenstein on steroids was not as graphic as I thought it would be which was great! As he is pumped full of the dark nectar created by Alfred Furnace, Alex is indoctrinated into the ways of Furnace, trained to be a blacksuit - one of them. Remembering only that he can't forget his name, he manages to hold onto some semblance of himself, only stronger.
After his transformation is complete, Alex goes psycho on the warden and attempts another escape with Zee and Simon. Alfred Furnace still has some horrible tricks up his sleeve as he begins to squash the riot caused within the prison.
This book is just as suspenseful and heart-wrenching and disturbing as the others in the series. I am DYING for the next book to come out in the US.
Young Adult Notes:
Violence, psychological violence, mind control